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Sharon trustees discuss off-road vehicle purchase

3/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Sharon Assistant Fire Chief Michael Stanec provided an update on the previously proposed joint purchase of an off-road utility vehicle between the Sharon Fire Department and the Granger Fire Department at the Sharon Board of Trustees meeting March 11.

He reported the Granger Board of Trustees only agreed to pay one payment of $15,000 for the vehicle at this time, but the vehicle also includes a firefighting off-road trailer, a 20-foot enclosed trailer and emergency lighting and lettering, for a total cost of $43,345.

One resident questioned whether purchasing this vehicle would be fiscally responsible, given other recent purchases the Fire Department has made.

Stanec explained this request is the only one covered in the 2014 budget so far. Other department purchases were covered in the 2013 budget. Stanec and the trustees decided to hold off on the purchase pending the board’s upcoming meeting with the Granger Board of Trustees, where they will discuss the matter further.

In other Fire Department business, Stanec announced the department’s spring fish fry will be held April 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at Sharon Town Hall, 1274 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

Stanec also said that while the department budgeted for new computers, a decision was made to upgrade the current computers instead.

Also during the meeting:

  • Trustee Ray Lurtz acknowledged five Sharon Elementary School students who created artwork displayed at Sharon Town Hall. The students include Brandon Pembridge, Leah Stidham, Matthew Dean, Jayson Freas and Erin Keller.
    Lurtz also discussed the State and Ridgewood roads intersection, where he said many accidents have occurred recently. He proposed the idea of posting a “stop ahead” sign before each stop sign at the intersection, but said a traffic survey must be done before this action can be taken.
    Lurtz addressed various clogged ditches and driveways in the township this winter, telling Service Director Bob Turek they must be examined.
  • Trustee Brian Guccion reported he spoke with Wadsworth Township personnel about trading roads to plow next winter, stating Sharon will plow Beach and Boneta roads from the township line to Reimer Road, while Wadsworth will plow from Hartman to Koontz roads.
  • Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller addressed a resident’s concern about the traffic light at Portside Corporate Park only flashing a yellow light. Miller said the state must approve full activation of the light, and the owner of the property must make the request to do so.
  • Fiscal Officer Anita Haas reported she received a letter from the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority that said Sharon received $3,000 in capital distribution last year and is expecting another cash distribution this year.
    Haas also said she was contacted by Highland Youth Football requesting to use the field at Sharon Community Park for practice due to the construction of the school’s new stadium.
    The trustees decided they will work on looking for a spot for the team to practice.
    Haas said she found out full-time township employees’ disability insurance benefit from Aflac Insurance is now $600 per month for 40 months, with an option for the employees to purchase additional insurance.
  • Zoning Inspector Neil Jones reported he issued permits for four single-family homes, three conditional-use applications, two in-ground pools and two lot splits.
    Resident David Poling questioned a lot split request by Panther Expedited Services and how it affects his property.
    Jones said this issue will be considered at the township’s next zoning meeting March 25.
  • Detective Sgt. Kevin Ross, of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, discussed some of the activity handled in Sharon during the past weekend, including an accidental shooting and an alleged sexual imposition. He advised residents to lock their doors and vehicles and take safety precautions when using firearms.
    Ross addressed a resident’s complaint about drivers running the stop sign at Sharon-Copley Road and Sharon Circle by Sharon Town Hall, saying he is aware of the problem and will address it accordingly.
  • Lee Nichols, of the Sharon Women’s Club, announced applications will be accepted for the Betty J. Osborn Scholarship. She said college and vocational-school bound students who are residents of Sharon may apply. Nichols said applications can be found on the Sharon website at www.sharontwp.org and on the Highland Local Schools website at www.highlandschools.org. She said the deadline for applications is April 16 before 6 p.m.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

√ the purchase of two new laptops for the Fire Department for a total cost of $2,652; and

√ the Medina County Fire Chiefs’ Association’s updated mutual-aid agreements.

The next Sharon Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Township Administration Building, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road on Sharon Circle.

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